There is a huge amount of help available for you if you are suffering from an addiction to gambling, as well as resources for friends, family and colleagues who want to support someone as they seek to overcome their problems. Follow the links to the different sections to discover invaluable information no matter what your situation.
If you are concerned about your own gambling habits and fear you might be addicted, there are many positive steps you can take to help yourself start the recovery process. While self-help requires a large degree of personal responsibility, any of the following tasks will give you a solid foundation towards moving past your gambling problems:
You can ask operators to stop you from gambling on their premises or websites, which means that they can no longer allow you to gamble there. This is known as self excusion and all gaming companies regulated by the Gambling Commission must offer this service to players for a minimum of six months.
Depending on the program you use, blocking software can be installed on your computer, mobile or table to block your access to gambling sites. Find out more about blocking software here.
Getting a better handle on your finances is a great way to take back control of your life as you recover from a gambling addiction. Find out more about finance and debt management here.
If gambling is taking up the lion’s share of your time, consider changing your behaviour by taking up activities like visiting the gym or volunteering to fill the day. You could also allow yourself rewards for managing set amounts of time without gambling.
There are a number of steps you can take which will help you stay in control whilst gambling. From accepting that betting is not a way to make money, to ensuring you are in the right frame of mind before you gamble, find more invaluable tips here.
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